Are you street smart?

No one would have to be street smart in a perfect world. We’d all be able to go alone in foreign cities or stroll home after parties without fear of being followed. But, for a variety of reasons, this is simply not the case. While I’m not claiming there’s danger around every corner, in lonely parking garages, it’s often necessary to look over your shoulder or walk a little faster. These aren’t paranoid fears; they’re merely precautions to keep you secure.

But some people relate this to intelligence. And the challenge of defining intelligence is difficult, given there are numerous varieties, forms, and interpretations. For many of us, traditional intelligence entails the capacity to achieve the top marks in school and earn a variety of degrees. But how many times have you congratulated yourself on earning a degree just to be disappointed by your inability to tackle a simple problem?

Well, new notions emerged as intelligence theory progressed. This is what led to the present classification of intelligence into subcategories such as cognitive intelligence (IQ), emotional intelligence (EQ), and social intelligence (SI) (SI). Daniel Goleman argues that intelligence is not solely “cognitive,” but also includes emotional and social intelligence.

This classification is intended to clarify the theoretical contrast between academically brilliant people (book smart) and real-life smart people (street smart). Both types of people can be found in everyday life, but it is usually the street smarts who succeed in business and, more importantly, as entrepreneurs. So let’s take a closer look at the two concepts.

Book-smarts are intelligent and knowledgeable. They know what they’re talking about, they’re good in theory, and they enjoy learning. They possess a comprehensive set of theoretical knowledge. However, they frequently fail to put what they’ve learned into practice. They overlook a crucial and often undervalued skill: common sense.

Being street smart entails a high level of awareness of the environment or situation. What’s going on in the world around you is something you’re aware of. You can also view what is going on around you. You can trust your personal judgments about the circumstance, the environment, and the people around you.

It’s called gut instinct, and yours is dead on. It all comes down to having a basic grasp of the ‘level’ of the street. Being able to get down on your knees. Become a part of the battle rather than looking down on it. You’ll also be more inclined to come up with sensible and practical solutions to difficulties and chores. For me I call street smart as simply situational intelligence.

While focusing on the business, savvy business executives are not readily distracted by putting out flames in the firm. The finest show a calm but obvious urgency for growing the company and designing the next generation of products. They understand that their team’s culture reflects the leader’s.

You could make some changes to your working style if you want to be more street savvy in business. Don’t deceive yourself into thinking that everyone needs to be or wants to be your buddy. You can put in a lot of effort into casual banter, but results come from sending and receiving genuine data from the appropriate people at the right time. Prepare, practice, deliver, and inquire about the order.

Maintain a focus on working smart rather than working hard. This entails utilizing all available resources to educate yourself on pertinent topics prior to starting a firm. Before you try to compete with your own business, learn everything you can about the domain you’re targeting, preferably by getting a job there to learn the unwritten rules.

It is possible to assume that the concept of intelligence is based on the junction of the real world and the academic world, both of which operate differently. Do you know how to deal with a situation when you don’t have all the facts or how to learn the right lessons from every positive or negative experience? If you responded yes, you’re ready to take on the world of business. Do you put in extra effort in class and flourish in a regimented setting? Academically, you’ll do exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, the impact of technological change cannot be overlooked. Because of the Internet’s rapid evolution over the previous few decades, it can currently be used to solve any problem. You can now conduct a fast online search to find an answer to any difficult query. In this changing environment, the already complex concept of intelligence being reinterpreted, pushed by the constant rise of technology. You will struggle to succeed at a major firm or a startup if you have a high IQ but lack the ability to project yourself in social situations.

As in any situation, the fine balance is found somewhere in the middle. The bad news is that if you believe you fall into the second category, you will struggle to deal with the practical issues of everyday life. The good news is that your IQ has not been compromised. Even better, you have the ability to learn anything! So go out there and make a difference; thrive in the real world, where no rules or systems exist.

Check out my related post: Are good leaders smart?

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